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Johannes Franck (1854-1914): de eerste hoogleraar Nederlandse taal- en letterkunde in het Duitse taalgebied

Author(s): Jaap Grave

Journal: Studium : Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteits-Geschiedenis
ISSN 1876-9055

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 207;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: German-Dutch relations | humanities | anti-Semitism

Johannes Franck (1854–1914): the first Professor of Dutch Language and Literature in the German-speaking Countries. Johannes Franck (1854–1914) was the first Professor of Dutch language and literature in the German-speaking countries. Born Jewish but not a practising Jew, he found it impossible to get a chair in German language and literature because of the prevailing anti-Semitism in Prussia, Saxony and Bavaria at the time. In this article I will focus on his struggle to get a full professorship in Germany and the obvious but concealed anti-Semitism in Germany. I will then proceed to describe Franck’s study at Leiden University and his judgement on his colleagues in Germany and the Netherlands before dilating upon the ‘Berlin School’ he belonged to.
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